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Thomas Aloysius Hanifer of Fairfield Glade passed away on May 30, 2017, after a long bout with emphysema. He was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Brooklyn NY, the son of James and Irene Hanifer.
He is survived by his wife, Denise McAnanly Hanifer of Fairfield Glade; daughters, Mary Catherine Geradts (Joseph) of Boston, MA, and Maureen Ann Brooks (Todd) of Raleigh, NC; step-son, James McAnanly (Glee), Germantown, TN; step-daughter, Jeanne-Marie McAnanly, New Rochelle, NY; brother, James Hanifer (Betty), Richmond, VA, and sister Patricia Carufe, Naples, FL. Tom is also survived by six granddaughters, Christina, Melanie and Caroline Geradts and Megan, Erin and Natalie Brooks; and two step grandsons, Austin and Connor McAnanly.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Harlow and his first wife of 38 years, Irene Joyce Hanifer.
After serving his country in the Army Military Police, Tom spent 38 years in Greenville, NC, in financial services for the pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome Co. (now GlaxoSmithKlein).
Tom was very involved in his church and community. He was a founding charter member of the John Ivey Smith Council of the Knights of Columbus in Greenville, NC, and served as the council's first Grand Knight. For many years, Tom was especially dedicated to the work the Knights did in fund raising for the handicapped.
After his retirement, Tom forged a second career as a photographer and videographer, preserving the memories of many weddings and other memorable family events. He also became a photographer for East Carolina University's (ECU) many sporting events.
In 2005, Tom married Denise McAnanly and relocated to Fairfield Glade. Tom enjoyed his "Golden Years" (as he liked to call them) spending time playing golf, reading and traveling, especially cruising.
Before his illness, Tom was active in the Fairfield Glade Lions club, the Cumberland Playhouse and as the photographer for his church, St. Francis of Assisi. He also had honorary life membership in the Knights of Columbus Council # 16088 with 60 years of service to the KoC.
With Tom, family always came first. He delighted in following the development of all his grandchildren, and he took great pride and interest in all their accomplishments.
His family is very appreciative of all the love and support he received at the Good Samaritan Community and the wonderful caring he received from the Hospice team of Cumberland House.
Funeral services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on June 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. with arrangements by Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the Cumberland House Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on June 1, 2017
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